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Eclectic Mix of New Arrivals are Must see and Must Visit

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, September 24, 2016 @ 08: 31 AM

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For Brad and Ron, interior decorating is more than art. It's a passion and, at times, a competition between two outsized talents.

As a manager and senior sales associate of FCG, respectively, Brad and Ron design our showrooms expertly. The twin brothers have strong opinions about decorating. That's why it will come as no surprise what happened when the duo visited a designers' showhouse on the South Shore.

Knowing the twins' propensity to be outspoken, we'd sent along a chaperone, one of our sales associates. Even she couldn't muzzle them. As the twins moved from one lavishly decorated room to another, offering a running commentary like a vigilante Design Police, a chortling crowd started to follow.

"You know a lot about furniture," one woman said. "Where do you work?"

"Furniture Consignment Gallery," the twins replied in unison, proudly.

"Eww," another woman sniffed loudly. "Used furniture? I'd never decorate with used furniture."

For a moment, there was silence. Then Ron and Brad swung around to face the woman like two armored tanks. "Not used," said Ron, with disdain. "Pre-owned," said Brad. But, the woman didn't cease her fire and continued to trample on the chore of FCG's business. "Pre-owned? Is that what you call it now? Fancy words to dress up some old junk."

The twins escalated the verbal gunfire. "The best brands." "Impeccable quality." "Pristine condition."

By now, the woman had slunk out of the room – and was looking for a new group where she could toss out some more grennades. "I love FCG," a woman spoke in a loud whisper for all to hear. "Me, too!" launched another. One woman went as far to say that she takes all of her out of town guests to our stores.

Thanks, Ron and Brad, for defending the honor of FCG. We are proud to be the largest consignment furniture company in New England. We're proud of our three stores with their vast showrooms. And we're proud of the bargains you'll find there every day.

Second Markdown Hits in Natick. Come Shop Today!

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, September 17, 2016 @ 09: 50 AM

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Brian, our merchandising master, was working his usual magic in the showroom in Hanover. In a bare corner, he placed a gorgeous restored mahogany china cabinet made in the 1940s. Then, he hung a French country mirror on the wall. Next, he pulled in a transitional sofa and added some industrial-style lighting. The result: creative, eclectic and superbly stylish.

"Inspiring!" exclaimed a customer who'd witnessed his work. "I'm so tired of matchy-matchy furniture. I'd love a look like that in my home. Can you help me?"

Yes, we can. At FCG, we embrace the new freedom that's emerging in interior design. Gone is the old rulebook that demanded conformity to style or period. Now, you can play with color, texture and style. In fact, a home that layers a variety of different pieces artfully is far more dynamic and interesting that one that slavishly follows a rigid scheme.

Thanks to our gifted merchandisers, every one of our three showrooms looks like a decorator's paradise. In Natick, you might find a pair of Giancarlo Piretti black leather chairs from the 1970s paired with a warm burled wood coffee table. In Plymouth, you may see a cozy antique chaise with a glass and steel side table.

In Hanover, Brian has deftly paired rustic with modern, contemporary with modern, and European with classic American. Brian's rulebook has only one rule: Love every piece of furniture in your home.

Your home tells a story about your life, your heritage, your family – and about the extraordinary things you've found along your journey. Come visit our stores and get some ideas on how you can tell your story thoughtfully and artistically.

Yes, you can find all the items in our showrooms on our website. But I promise you that our furniture displays will really fire your imagination. And should you need help, the decorating geniuses in our stores are always full of great ideas.

Sturdy and Solid, but Out of Style

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, September 10, 2016 @ 08: 34 AM

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She was circling our showroom, glancing at certain pieces of furniture and flipping over a few of the price tags. But I could tell she wasn't here to buy. She wanted to sell.

When I asked her gently if she was interested in selling some furniture, she lit up. "Oh, yes!" she said. "I've even got photos!"

She showed me a photo of a bedroom set from the 1960s: walnut dressers with square brass pulls and a headboard to match. Her parents had given her the bedroom set as wedding gift, a common practice fifty years ago. She'd polished it weekly for more than half a century.

American-made furniture from that era was crafted so well that it would survive the apocalypse. Manufacturers used solid wood such as mahogany, rock maple and walnut. The wood was properly dried, milled and constructed. The pieces were crafted with mortise tenon joints, simple and strong. Even the brass pulls were substantial.

But, sadly, today's buyers are looking for something different. Those durable pieces are out of style – as unfashionable as bouffant hair-dos and short shorts on the basketball court. "Unfortunately," I gently told our hopeful consignor, "we won't be able to sell your furniture."

Delivering that disappointing news is hard for us at FCG. But our buyers are looking for stylish, nearly-new furniture in pristine condition. That's why we rarely accept any wood furniture from the 1960s, 1970s, or the 1980s. And we're very selective about the pieces we'll take from the 1990s and 2000s. We generally won't accept any upholstered furniture older than five years. Our standards are very high. Sofas and chairs cannot have any sun damage or pet wear.

In the last year or so, even we've been surprised at the rapid shift in furniture styles. Consider the basic double-pedestal mahogany dining-room table that was so popular in wealthy suburban homes. Well, it isn't anymore. Our buyers are looking for more stylish, contemporary and transitional looks in their dining rooms.

We have to be selective to please today's furniture buyer. We know how much your beloved furniture means to you. So we promise to tell you the truth – but gently.

Dangers of Boston: Traffic, Students, Parking Tickets

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, September 03, 2016 @ 08: 45 AM

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"M'am!!! Please, just four more minutes! I'll move the truck, I promise!" Dana, our senior furniture mover, was pleading with a meter maid last week in downtown Boston – to no avail.  

Boston's meter maids issue more than a million parking tickets a year, and our trucks get slapped regularly. If our delivery team leaves the truck unattended for a moment, whammo! There's a bright orange envelope on the windshield demanding $85. Meter maids are merciless.

Boston has never been busier. GE is moving to town, bringing hundreds of employees and their families here to scope out new homes. Some 250,000 college kids are hurrying back to the city for the start of school. Almost every street is clogged with out-of-state cars disgorging three seasons' worth of clothing and sports equipment into dorms and apartments.

Our trucks are dodging all these dangers – and the meter maids – while collecting the finest pre-owned furniture in the city for our three stores in Hanover, Plymouth and Natick. Last week, the busiest of the year in Boston, we got busted: two parking tickets in two days.  

But, I'll admit, it was worth it. This weekend, our three showrooms are filled with great pieces from Arhaus, Mitchell Gold, Restoration Hardware, Ethan Allen, and Grange. We picked up a pair of Eames chairs for our store in Natick. In all three stores, you'll also many one-of-a-kind items: fireplace screens, art, including a whale-tail sculpture, lamps, pillows and even a brass bumble-bee door knocker.

So we lost the battle with the meter maid. But we filled our truck with treasures galore. So stop into one of our stores this weekend to see what we got for you.

Welcome to Boston, GE

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, August 27, 2016 @ 08: 32 AM

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Boston is a boomtown. 


Real estate values are soaring. Restaurants are jammed. Tradesmen are busy renovating homes and building skyscrapers. At FCG, we're busier than ever.

Fueling a lot of the boom is the corporate giant General Electric. Earlier this year, GE announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Boston's Seaport District from its suburban campus in Connecticut. GE's move will bring 800 executives and their families to Boston by 2018.

Eager to embrace their new home, GE's executives are moving swiftly. And we're proud to report that they're turning to FCG, the largest furniture consignment company in New England, for help. Several senior executives have chosen to consign furniture from their Connecticut homes at FCG. We also hope to help outfit their new homes here once they discover the great bargains in our stores.

Last week, we brought a truckload of extraordinary furniture from one top executive's home to our store in Hanover. Among the pieces: an antique lawyer's cabinet in blonde mahogany with 15 cubbies for storage. That executive also consigned a Maitland Smith mahogany coffee table and lots of leather furniture by Hancock & Moore, all in pristine condition.

What all that means for our shoppers is that our three showrooms are jammed with amazing, top-quality furniture bargains. And every week there's more pouring in to all three of our stores, including our newest on Route 9 Eastbound in Natick.

We're proud of the trust we've earned from our soon-to-be new neighbors. We're honored to help in the historic relocation of one of the nation's most respected corporate citizens, a company that will soon hold the title of the state's biggest employer. So, welcome to Boston, GE.

Lazy Days of Summer? Not at FCG

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, August 20, 2016 @ 08: 30 AM

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Page 5. That's how far my teenage son has gotten with his required summer reading. Suddenly, though, digging into a book that's been gathering dust all summer on his nightstand is a matter of the utmost urgency. That's probably because I asked him to weed the garden. We've got crabgrass on steroids out there.

Like most teenagers, he's horrified at the thought of undertaking such backbreaking labor under the brutal rays of the summer sun. His idea of vigorous exercise is hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. Or twiddling a video game controller.

Okay, maybe I am being a little hard on the kid. He's had a long and successful summer of competitive waterskiing. But by mid-August, the scheduled activities have ground to a halt. Making microwave popcorn and balancing a bowl of cereal on his belly while watching television are the highlights of his Summer Olympics.

In my book, that means it's time for SCHOOL.

Meanwhile, our stores have never been busier. Our delivery teams have been logging long hours picking up consignments and jamming our three showrooms full of amazing new furniture. Summer's at a standstill, but FCG is in full bloom and our showrooms are ripe for the picking.

We've got dozens of great dining room sets for the holidays and cozy leather sectionals for football season. Best of all, you don't have to wait six to ten weeks for shipping as you would at many of the major furniture dealers. Find it at FCG and take it home that day.

So drag your teenagers out of the house and tell them you need help loading some new furniture in your car. So what if they're only on page 5! They've got all next week to polish off that reading – while you're polishing your new cherry breakfront.


Topics: Boston Marathon

Boston's Junior League 2016 Designer Show House: The Media Room

Posted by Jay Frucci on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 11: 04 AM

newsletter-with-text.jpg From any angle, the house was a challenge. Neglected for decades, its plaster walls were pocked with holes. Its floors were uneven. The plumbing gurgled as if it had intestinal distress and sparks flew from an antiquated electrical system. Outside, the paint was chipped and the shutters askew.


But the house has a rich history. Built in 1854, it was home to one of the nation’s first co-ed schools and it was a stop on the Underground Railway during the Civil War. So, this spring, the area’s top interior designers came to its rescue, and they’ve transformed the ramshackle place into a captivating show house of inspired design.

Among them was Diana Frucci, ASID, my wife and co-owner of Furniture Consignment Gallery. Her assignment was one of the most difficult. She was assigned a small, bland, windowless box just off the kitchen.

Over the last couple of weeks, she’s transformed it into a new-concept Media Room. “My vision for the room was a comfortable multi-purpose cocoon for the family,” she explains. “And I wanted an artful mix of edgy modern furniture along with some classic, timeless pieces.”

Working with Huntington Homes Media Systems, she installed a state- of-the-art audio-visual system with a projection screen for lazy winter afternoons binge-watching Netflix. Venetian sconces flank the fireplace. A rug splashed with blues and grays was donated by the courtesy of Landry and Acari. For a stylish pop of color, Diana added a pair of B&B Italia contemporary chairs with ottomans in tangerine. Diana’s Media Room is a hint of the extraordinary mix of furniture we’ll be featuring when we open our new FCG showroom in Natick this July. Along with the brand-name, high-quality classic and traditional furniture for which we are known, Natick will offer a large selection of upscale contemporary pieces made by Mitchell Gold, Roche Bobois, and Rolf Benz.

So visit the Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton, MA, the Junior League of Boston’s 2016 Designer Show House. Linger in the Media Room and imagine the possibilities of bringing a fresh, new and edgy look into your home. We’ll have just the mix of furniture you need – at bargain prices – starting this summer in Natick.


Topics: Boston Marathon

Remembering A Runner

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, April 16, 2016 @ 08: 27 AM

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We shared the same jogging route in our hometown of Hanover, though we ran at different times. A labor-and-delivery nurse, she was training to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Beth Israel’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Then, two days before Christmas, she was struck and killed while on a run by a driver high on a combination of drugs.

While I didn’t know her well, I’d coached her son in soccer. Our boys shared a desk at school. My wife had spent some time poolside with her as our sons took swim lessons. Her senseless death was stunning to those of us who knew her and to the local running community.

On Monday, 30,000 runners will toe the starting line of the 120th Boston Marathon. Every one of those runners will pit their bodies and their spirits against an intensely grueling athletic challenge: 26.2 miles.

Some are running towards a goal. Others are running away from something. Some run to check off an item on a bucket list. Others run for the greater good of humanity, raising funds to support a charity. Fundraising for the NICU was an important goal for this single mother. And to date, some $25,500 has been donated on her fundraising page, which is still active.

As the runners jam the streets from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, we ask you to take a moment to remember and honor the memory of the fallen runner. At FCG on Monday, we plan to tune in to the race and cheer on the 30,000, remembering her spirit and dedication.

All of our showrooms will be open on Monday, Patriots’ Day, including our store in Chestnut Hill. (That store is typically closed on Mondays.) Godspeed, runners.

Topics: Boston Marathon

A Little Mischief In February

Posted by Jay Frucci on Thu, March 03, 2016 @ 12: 01 PM
 
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“Is Roxie okay?” Our three boys were huddled around our two-year-old brindle Boxer, clearly worried. Roxie was sprawled on the floor asleep, snoring as loudly as a souped-up Harley. Earlier, she’d snatched a bottle of cough syrup out of the bathroom, chewed off the top and guzzled the contents. Now, she was sleeping it off.
 
February is a month for mischief. Housebound and winter-weary, we’re all a little too eager for adventure. Why do you think there’s a February boat show in Boston? You walk in, a solid citizen with a well-balanced checkbook. You walk out, a wild-eyed boat owner with dreams of Margaritaville. 
 

 Roxie, as it turned out, was just fine. But even FCG is not immune to mid-winter madness. Our adventure? This week, we made the decision to open a big new showroom on Route 9, eastbound, in Natick.
 
Our grand opening is scheduled for July 1. We’ll spend the next five months racing to meet that deadline, but we’re excited to bring 11,000 square feet of the finest pre-owned furniture in New England to Boston’s Metrowest.      
 
With a huge new showroom in Natick, we’ve also made the decision to close our tiny jewel box of a store in Chestnut Hill, but not until the new showroom opens. We’ll miss our loyal shoppers there, but we’ll be only a few miles down the road with a huge inventory of the furniture bargains you love.   
 
If you’d like a little adventure in your life – but a new boat is too big a commitment – why not update your home with a new piece of furniture? Consider a bold yellow Italian leather sectional by Friggheto Casa Italiano: furnitureconsignment.com/product/35081-126601frighettoleathersectional.php Or finish off your master bedroom with an elegant walnut lingerie chest by Henredon: furnitureconsignment.com/product/35034-125849henredonlingeriechest.php
 
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This weekend, stop by one or all of our three stores in
Hanover, Chestnut Hill and Plymouth. We’ve got hundreds of quality pieces of furniture not to mention some fantastic buys on accessories, art and lamps. Live a little! 

Topics: Furniture, ITALIAN FURNITURE, Frighetto Casa, Frighetto

Smart Buyers Budget Pre-Owned Furniture Into Their Project Plan

Posted by Jay Frucci on Tue, February 16, 2016 @ 02: 29 PM

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Her diamonds were sparking a laser light show as she gestured imperially at a sideboard in our sunny showroom at Chestnut Hill. “It’s a Baker Furniture Historic Charleston,” she said with a dismissive wave in my direction. “It’s perfect! Wrap it up for me!”  

She leaned towards me as if bestowing some kind of a state secret. “Upholstery, I buy new,” she confided. “Everything else is consignment.” 

Even the very rich have discovered the thrill of finding a treasure at Furniture Consignment Gallery. Apparently, mingling with the hoi polloi is so very worth it when you can find an extraordinary bargain for your mansion in one of our three showrooms.  

 Two weeks ago, a sparkling German SUV breezed into the parking lot in our Hanover location. Out stepped an elegant woman and her interior designer, armed with blueprints. They whipped through the showroom plucking tags off a dozen pieces of furniture, including the Ralph Lauren mahogany dining room table on which they’d laid out the architectural plans of her suburban palace.  

“Dining room, foyer, master bedroom – done, done and done,” the designer said with a sigh of delight. She and her client had set aside half of the decorating budget for consignment pieces. Their success that morning meant they could splurge on custom bedding and window treatments for the daughters’ bedrooms. 

“Consignment is a terrific option for even my wealthiest clients,” she said in a private aside to me. “Quality furniture, brand names, bargain prices, and delivery within a few days – it’s instant satisfaction.”     

 Whether you work the nightshift or you own the factory, you can create the home of your dreams at FCG. Our inventory is constantly refreshed with new pieces coming in every week, and we’ve got something for every budget. Bring your blueprints. Wear your diamonds. Or not.  

 Shopping the pre-owned furniture market is smart. Shopping at Furniture Consignment Gallery is brilliant.

 

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Topics: Baker Furniture, Pre-owned furniture, Furniture Consignment